Director of Music
Thomas Corns leads the Cathedral music department and conducts the Cathedral Choir. An established career as a director and organist has seen Thomas perform in the USA and in international festivals across Europe.
A prize-winning graduate of the Royal Academy of Music who was educated as a chorister at Wells Cathedral, Thomas has held positions at Jesus College, Cambridge, Truro Cathedral and St Paul’s Cathedral, London.
He has performed on BBC 1 Television, BBC Radio 2, live on BBC Radio 3 and 4, and given world premieres of works by many leading composers. A Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, Thomas moved to Sheffield in June 2017 having previously held the post of Director of Music at the Collegiate Church of St Mary, Warwick.
Interim Assistant Director of Music
James Kealey is Interim Assistant Director of Music at Sheffield Cathedral where he assists with the running of the music department. He plays the organ for services, rehearses and conducts the Cathedral Choir and manages the Cathedral recital series and the programme of visiting choirs.
Prior to this, James was Senior Organ Scholar at Wells Cathedral, where he regularly accompanied the Cathedral Choir and worked as Assistant Conductor to the Wells Cathedral Oratorio Society.
A recent graduate of Royal Holloway, University of London, James received a degree in Music whilst being the Senior Organ Scholar to the Chapel Choir. James accompanied their weekly round of services, as well as CD recordings, broadcasts on BBC Radio 3, and concerts. James was previously Organ Scholar at Blackburn Cathedral and Organ Student at Chester Cathedral.
Active as a recitalist, James has played in many English cathedrals and last year performed a mini tour around the North East USA, including a recital at St Thomas Church, 5th Ave., New York. James is currently studying with Henry Fairs and David Briggs.